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In a previous Earl Grey review, I made mention of the bargain Flavia machine I bought on eBay which came with a large supply of coffee and tea sachets. Tea options included Earl Grey, Darjeeling, English Breakfast and the one under review, rather enigmatically called "Selection".
I think by 'Selection' they mean floor sweepings because unless you like your tea like dishwater, this is rather an apology for a brew. I believe it to be the weakest of the available tea options and it's a good job that there were fewer of these sachets than the others because I am struggling to finish them up. I am now down to my last strip of 20, but I am not particularly enjoying the cup of Selection tea that I have made to drink whilst writing this review.
If there are any boffins at Flavia and they have probably got their fair share, then I personally think they are facing quite a struggle to make decent teas using the Flavia methodology. Because the water spends so little time in contact with the tea, the brew doesn't get the chance to infuse properly - that is my rather unscientific theory.
Once you have inserted your tea sachet into the machine, water which has been heated in the built in reservoir is forced through a valve in the top of each sachet and drains through the bag, dripping out your tea at the bottom. You then remove and dispose of the spent sachet and do your best to swallow the resultant brew.
Because of the inflexibility in the methodology, the consumer doesn't get the chance to brew a cup to his/her liking and that's quite a big disadvantage.
I wouldn't buy these Selection sachets again and I'm struggling to drink the free ones that came with the machine. All in all, I believe the Flavia machine is much better suited to coffees.
This is another of the tea options we currently have in our office. This is a tea that is only compatible with a flavia machine.
This tea is listed as "A blend of teas from Kenya and Java to give a fine light tea." It is one out of three on the flavia strength scale, which means it is quite weak.
Everyone else in the office seems to like this, but I find it rather dull. It is exceptionally weak, and just doesn't really taste much of tea. I add milk to mine and I can taste the milk more than the tea, and because of the nature of the machine we have which distributes small amounts to fit in the small cups, there is not much space for milk, so I don't even add that much.
I think this is a very basic tea blend, and I don't really like it. It seems to be this tea that also causes people to get half measures from the machine, it doesn't do this with coffee though, which is very strange.
I have only tried the earl grey tea other than this one, I haven't tried any of the stronger ones, so can't really compare, but I personally find this tea weak and a bit tasteless. I much prefer the earl grey or coffee option.
It is ok for a general tea, but not too special, and not great quality.
Brand: Flavia / / Type: Tea Bags